Use channel management tools

Slack’s channel management tools allow owners and admins with permission to view a list of channels in their workspace or Enterprise Grid organization and take action on them from a central dashboard. Read on to learn more.

Note: The Workspace Primary Owner (Plus) and Org Primary Owner (Enterprise Grid) can manage permissions for channel management tools, allowing additional owners and admins to manage channels.


What to expect

Owners and admins with permission can view the following information and take the following actions with channel management tools:

Available information

  • The workspaces the channel is in*
  • The number of members and guests in the channel
  • The member who created the channel
  • The date the channel was created
  • The date of the most recent channel activity

Available actions

  • Add members
  • Edit workspaces*
  • Edit posting permissions
  • Edit message retention**
  • Rename a channel
  • Convert a channel to private
  • Archive or unarchive a channel
  • Delete a channel

*Only available on the Enterprise Grid plan. 

**A Workspace Owner or Org Owner will first need to adjust retention settings for their workspace or org to allow admins to edit message retention. On the Enterprise Grid plan, retention settings are only available with channel management tools at the org level.

Note: Messages and files from private channels are not viewable with channel management tools, but they may be visible using other tools.


View and manage channels

Plus plan

Enterprise Grid plan

Workspace Owners and Admins can use channel management tools to take action on public channels. The Workspace Primary Owner can take action on private channels, and can grant owners and admins permission to do so as well.

Note: On the Plus plan, you can only take action on private channels if a request to export data from all channels and conversations has been approved for your workspace.

Manage channels in your workspace

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Click Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Below Administration in the left sidebar, select  Manage channels. If you don’t see the left sidebar, click  Menu in the top-left corner to find it.
  4. Search for a channel name, or filter channels by channel type. If you have permission to manage private channels, you can check the box next to Show all private channels.
  5. To take action on a channel, click the  three dots icon to the right of the channel name and select an option.
  6. Make and save your changes.

Slack will post a message to the channel to let members know what action was taken and by which owner or admin.

Org level

The Org Primary Owner, and any owners or admins with permission, can use the steps below to view and take action on channels in their org:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Click Settings & administration from the menu, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click  Channels in the left sidebar.
  4. Search for a channel name, or filter channels by channel type or workspace. If you have permission to manage private channels, you can check the box next to Show all private channels.
  5. To take action on a channel, click the  three dots icon to the right of the channel name and select an option.
  6. Make and save your changes.

Slack will post a message to the channel to let members know what action was taken and by which owner or admin.


Workspace level

Workspace Owners and Admins can use the steps below to view and take action on channels in the workspace(s) they manage:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Click Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Below Administration in the left sidebar, select  Manage channels. If you don’t see the left sidebar, click  Menu in the top-left corner to find it.
  4. Search for a channel name, or filter channels by channel type. If you have permission to manage private channels, you can check the box next to Show all private channels.
  5. To take action on a channel, click the  three dots icon to the right of the channel name and select an option.
  6. Make and save your changes.

Slack will post a message to the channel to let members know what action was taken and by which owner or admin.

Who can use this feature?
  • By default, Workspace Owners/Admins (Plus) and the Org Primary Owner (Enterprise Grid)
  • Plus and Enterprise Grid plans